Post # 1
I wrote a post about migraines and weddings… but soon we’re going to be thinking about babies and I’m terrified! I get really awful migraines, like I have to either get a shot to knock me out or go to the er because it’s such awful pain. We’re thinking of TTC soon after we get married, and I’ve heard that you can only take tylenol when your pregnant. That won’t do anything for me! I’ve also heard that some women’s migraines will just disappear or get better, but I just can’t count on that, as nothing else seems to work for me so I’m not going to assume pregnancy will either. Do any of you pregnant bees get migraines or do you know someone who does? What do you do about them?
Post # 3
I am so hoping my migraines go away when I get pregnant or after I have a child. This is what happened with my mom. I am especially curious about what will happen considering my migraines are ussually around the time of my period. Great question!
But while I am not pregnant, I take Exedrin Migraine or just regular tylenol. Neither really helps me feel better, rather they just take the “edge” off…you know, the sharp part. I ussually just lay in a dark quiet room and try to rest.
Post # 4
I think yours might be worse than mine fom the sound of it…I have never gone to the ER for one, though there were two times specifically that the intensity of the pain was very scary. I was thinking about going but not sure what could be done for it. I have only been getting them for a year or so.
Post # 5
@heathaah. if you ever do feel like you’re to the point where you just can’t stand the pain (i start to have suicidal thoughts about how i’m going to get rid of the pain myself, and that’s how i know i need to go to the er, scarry!) they will give you some heavy drugs that will knock you out. it’s not fun, it takes a long time to get it, you’re not a priority even though you feel like you should be because you’re in so much pain, and then you have to pay for the visit. my doctor ended up giving me an injection that i can give to myself so i don’t have to go through that anymore.
Post # 6
So I am with the migrane sufferers here. I usually need to use Imitrex, caffiene, Excedrin migrane or some combination of the above every time I get one… Mine were hormonally linked…
And you know what? I haven’t gotten a single one since being pregnant. I scarcely even remember what they were like at this point! It’s been a blissful 6 months that way. I did get a few tension headaches in the very beginning, but nothing that a can of coke and a couple tylenol didn’t cure.
I don’t know very many people who continue to have migrane problems through pregnancy (though there are a few). For those people, there are other stronger options to treat (such as narcotics)… Probably the same narcotics they give you when you go to the Emergency Dept for your migranes now. Narcotic pain medications are considered “safe” during pregnancy, as long as you aren’t taking them long term. In your case, they would obviously consider that the risk to the mother of having the HA is far worse than the risk to the baby of taking the narcotic.
So try not to fear the migrane!
***and remember, talk to your OB about this… What I’ve provided here is just some thoughts, not medical advice!***
Post # 7
thank you so much mrs dg! that makes me feel so much better! i did ask my ob during my last visit… and being the busy woman that she is was rushing through everything and pretty much told me we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. which did NOT ease my fears!
Post # 8
Glad to help. I had the same question before we embarked on this process! I refused to suffer through fetal position, vomit inducing headaches without some sort of solution 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
I, too, was really scared about migraines and pregnancy! I used to pop Excedrin to quell off mini-headaches all the time! Now I still get the tinges of a tension headache coming on… and I take Tylenol, but I have to say it’s been extremely minimal!
I did have one bad night… where I even googled my migraine meds to make SURE I couldn’t take them… but a washcloth, lots of sleep and the dark got me out of it in a day. But the normal routine of migraines has really fallen to the wayside!
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2018 - Still Looking!
I have them so frequently that I’m disabled. Though by this point, I’m into the “central sensitization” phase — fewer killer migraines and more of a chronic daily headache….
Anyway, I too had fewer migraines while pregnant. When I got one that I couldn’t survive, one Tylenol 3 (Tylenol + codeine) usually helped enough to make it bearable. I had a handful of doctors over the course (rotating OBs, perinatologist, and hospital stays), and no one was the slightest bit concerned about the Tylenol 3. So that may be one option.
Post # 11
The best thing to prevent them is vitamin B complex. I have never been pregnant, but I went from 3-4/year to none unless I forget or I do something stupid trigger-wise.
Post # 12
I don’t get migraines but one time while I was pregnant I had a horrible headache that when on for two days. I could barely move my head. I just laid there and wished and hoped for it to go away. Tylenol and sudafed wouldn’t touch it.
Even after it was gone I could still feel it at the fringes.. like it could come back at any second. I called my Dr. and they called me in an Rx. I can’t remember what it was now but at least I know they can prescribe for pregnant women with migraines if that helps at all.
I never had it filled and never had another bad headache. Thank goodness!
Post # 13
My migraines didnt go away when I was pregnant. But tylenol actually started helping them. Tylenol doesnt do anything for my migraines now but it did when I was pregnant, somehow.
Post # 14
I had terrible migraines before I was pregnant. I think since I’ve been pregnant I’ve had 2 migraines – I’m 29 weeks now. There are some medicatons they will let you take if your migraines are that severe. My friend is having her 3rd baby and she’s taken Fioricet with all 3. They are fine.